If you've ever been unlucky enough to get caught in the crosshairs of a copyright infringement case, chances are that whoever was pressing charges knew your full name. If you think about it, it's pretty creepy. But, according to a U.S. appeals court, it's completely legal. A recent decision handed down from the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals states that the identities of individuals...
Normally, Know Your Meme spends its time explaining the latest viral phenomena sweeping the Web. But Thursday, the site dedicated an episode of its Web video series to protecting the future of memes by explaining how to defend yourself against a YouTube takedown under Fair Use. Fair Use allows for limited, unlicensed inclusion of copyrighted material in other works for the purposes of...
Despite having signed off on User Generated Content (UGC) principles, which endorse fair use of copyrighted content in protected free speech, several networks have sent takedown requests to YouTube over politically-themed videos that use short clips from copyrighted broadcasts. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) earlier this week sent letters not only to YouTube, but also the networks...
Two months ago, we told you about Prince suing YouTube, eBay, and BitTorrent site Pirate Bay for enabling the piracy of his music. We suggested, as politely as we possibly could, that perhaps the elfin former superstar should take a lesson from Metallica, salvage some dignity, and try to avoid legal tussles over fans sharing his music. Well, apparently Prince was listening, but somehow he's...
The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), which is made up of companies like Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo, has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over copyright warnings used on books, DVDs, CDs, a sports broadcasts. The CCIA says the warnings blatantly overstate the legal restrictions placed on such material and don't do a good enough job explaining...
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